Faculty Book: David C. Brotherton and Luis Barrios
David C. Brotherton and Luis Barrios
The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang
(Columbia University Press, 2004; 464 pp.)
This book chronicles the self-transformation of the New York City gang, Almighty Latin Kings and Queen Nation, one of the most feared U.S. gangs, into a social movement acting on behalf of the dispossessed, renouncing violence and the underground economy, and requiring school attendance for membership. Based on inside information—new and never-before-published material by and about the gang, and interviews with 100 gang members—Brotherton and Barrios craft a unique portrait of the lives of these gang members and a ground-breaking study of their evolution. David C. Brotherton is associate professor of criminal justice, sociology, and urban education at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center. Luis Barrios is associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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Submitted on: FEB 11, 2004